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Serious Knox

The large turnout for College Day, which preceded the
installation ceremony at Knox Community College.

SPALDING, Clarendon — Dr Gordon Cowans, new principal of the 38-year-old Knox Community College, is in no doubt that national development depends on education and that his institution has a lead role to play. "Knox Community College is open for business, the elusive economic growth and develo ... Read More

Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay addressing the church
service. She said that it is the obligation of responsible
citizens to intervene and stop child abuse. Break the cycle of child abuse
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay has called for more care to be taken i ... Read More

Brooks Park is the main green space and recreational area
available to the public in Mandeville. Need for green space
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Local health sector leaders want more focus on the development of gre ... Read More

The NHT’s mobile
unit on show. Housing agency launches mobile service in Manchester
MILE GULLY, Manchester — For Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller it was a case of "promise ma ... Read More

NCU group wins business model competition

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Happy members of the victorious NCU team.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A group of five young entrepreneurs from Northern Caribbean University (NCU) last month won the inaugural National Business Model Competition and $2 million in prize money, according to a news release. Under the business name Herboo Enterprises, the students successfully commercialised an all-natural shampoo-conditioner made from a blend of local herbs and spices, the release said. In addition to the cash prize, the team won an all-expense-paid trip to participat ... Read More

A Visual Art FEAST

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Lines Institute dancers Jeanique Baxter
(left) and Sade O’Sullivan in performance.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) promised Flavourful Entertainment and Art Sweetened to Taste (FEAST) at the exhibition launch for its travelling visual arts showcase at Bloomfield Great House in Mandeville on April 12. With the highest awarded JCDC visual arts competition pieces for 2013 on display, singer Tanice Morrison in performance, Lines Dance Institute performers gracing the stage, and a fashion show by textile students of Edna Manley Col ... Read More

Smartphone as teaching tool

Monday, April 21, 2014    

Digicel’s data expert Altonie Thomas conducts a Data Link-up session at the Digicel store in Juici
Beef Plaza, Mandeville, last Saturday.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — St Elizabeth school teacher Romel Richards is looking forward to incorporating her newly acquired smartphone as a vital tool in helping her to connect with her students. According to a news release from telecommunications provider Digicel, this was her sentiment after purchasing her DL600 smartphone from a store in Juici Beef Plaza, Mandeville during Digicel's Data Link-Up session last Saturday. "Technology is advancing every day, and as a teacher I see where the ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, April 21, 2014    

JCDC Festival Queen Krystal Tomlinson (left) with Valerie Dixon
(centre) and mayor of Mandeville Brenda Ramsay at the
ribbon-cutting exercise to launch the exhibition at Bloomfield
Great House in Mandeville. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

Monday, April 21 -- 10:00 am Rotary Club of Christiana Second Annual Potato Festival and Fun Day Sacred Heart Academy School Grounds Proceeds in aid of community-based projects Monday, April 21 -- 10:00 am 120th Anniversary PTA Community Extravaganza Albion Primary School, Manchester Thursday, April 24 - Saturday, April 26 Acts of the Holy Spirit Ministries International Family and Marriage Conference Golf View Hotel, Mandeville Admission Free Saturday, April 26 --10:00 am Mandevil ... Read More

Push out or step out, teachers told

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 20, 2014    

A section of the audience at the Golf View Hotel for the
Catholic College of Mandeville and Saint Mary's University of
Minnesota Spring Conference on day one of the two-day event.
(PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Veteran educator, researcher and consultant Pauletta Chevannes has said that teachers who find themselves unable to cope with the demands of the profession should walk away from it. "You have entered what I see as one of the most prestigious and the most demanding professions," Chevannes told an audience of mainly teachers involved in a Master's degree programme done at the privately-run Catholic College in Manchester in partnership with St Mary's University of Minnesot ... Read More

Licensed firearm holder kills alleged robber

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — An alleged gunman, who reportedly attempted to rob a businessman and his wife late Thursday at Nain in south east St Elizabeth, ended up being shot dead by the businessman, police have confirmed. Police have identified the dead man as Charles Rowe, otherwise called 'Chris' of Greenvale, just outside Mandeville in Manchester. Police said a Glock 40 pistol and ammunition were taken from the scene. Police and residents told the Jamaica Observer that about 8:40 pm ... Read More

Senior citizen dies in Manchester car accident; 2 other people injured

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

The crashed Honda seen resting on its side yesterday. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Sixty-nine year old Fay Swaby, a housewife of Chudleigh Housing Scheme in Manchester, died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident in Mount Olivet in the parish late Thursday. Two other people, including the driver of the vehicle, were injured in the crash. According to the Christiana police, the vehicle — a grey Honda Odyssey — was being reversed when the driver allegedly lost control of it, resulting in a collision with a wa ... Read More

Manchester home for 40 more HIV-infected children

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Projects Abroad Jamaica Country Director Dr Bridgette Barrett speaking about the Belle Haven Centre which is to be built in
Central Manchester for children and women living with HIV/AIDS at a Rotaract Club meeting at the Northern Caribbean University
last Wednesday. (PHOTO: PROJECTS ABROAD)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The seven acres of leased government land at Belretiro in Central Manchester is now a sprawling green space. However, there is hope that the beginning of its transformation into a residential facility for children and women living with HIV/AIDS should be realised by year-end. The flagship project of international volunteer organisation, Projects Abroad Jamaica and the BrigIT Water Foundation in Australia is slated to provide — in a family and home setting & ... Read More

Slowfund-raising for Mandeville heart patient

By ALICIA SUTHERLAND Sunday Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 13, 2014    

Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — More than a month since Mandeville resident Cherine Allen-Powell reached out to the public to assist her in sourcing at least half of her medical bill to fight her increasingly debilitating heart condition, she is still unable to set a date for the surgery, due to inadequate funds. Since the Jamaica Observer story was published in February she was able to raise a total of $135,000 through persons who came to her aid. "I feel grateful to all those who put out thei ... Read More

Jackson Town residents protest traffic death of 7-y-o boy

Friday, April 11, 2014 5:18 PM    

Dominic Anderson

TRELAWNY, Jamaica -- Irate residents Friday afternoon mounted a roadblock along a section of the Jackson Town main road in Trelawny in protest over the fatal accident involving a boy who was mowed down in the community yesterday by a motor car driven by a prominent lawyer in the parish. The deceased has been identified as seven-year-old Dominic Anderson, also called Justin, a resident of Jackson Town. The Police and members of the Fire Brigade had to be called in to clear the roadblock which c ... Read More



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